Though UK outfit Dicepeople did not exactly turn to the darkside with their acclaimed last album, One From Many, it certainly immersed in the darkest shadows emotionally and physically whilst providing a contagion of sounds. With their new EP the duo continues to explore the volatile union of dark and light, going deeper in the domain whilst stretching their sound and imagination in another fresh and provocative breath of thick captivation.
The creation of musician, songwriter and producer Matt Brock, Dicepeople has been luring ears and emotions since 2013 with their dark electro sound. With vocalist Zmora completing the line-up, the band has released a host of attention luring, praise garnering albums and EPs with 2018’s outstanding One From Many breaching a new level in both as the band’s blend of EBM, industrial, post-punk and electro-goth ventured into those darker life enveloping shadows. Destroyer carries on where the album left off yet reveals its own new journey exposing and pushing that balance between dark and light, its sound equally more immersed in the rapacious realm of dark electro but still hosting the eager diversity which has marked the band’s music over the years.
Released through the ever compelling Syndicol Music, Destroyer takes the listener “on an intense, disturbing journey through the twisted emotional minefield of relationships that turn to the dark side” and quickly proves as naggingly infectious as it is tension soaked from the moment opener Rollercoaster erupts in ears. The festering of synth which brings it forward alone has a threat and welcoming to its coaxing, the beginnings of the song’s synth pop underlay already enticing instincts as Zmora’s distinctive tones begin to unveil the emotional darkness within. Voice and sound unite in increasing catchiness and insecurity, doubt and restlessness lining every syllable and note whilst rousing ears and body from the speakers.
The following Siren Song has a sepia colouring to its beginnings, an off-kilter string like intimation that alone is potent enough to ensure keen attention before greater apprehension and menace brews around Zmora’s succubus like confrontation. Thickly darker than its predecessor and haunting on every level, the song emerges as a thickly infectious incitement before Don’t Save Me pleas for paradoxical freedom, longing and love twisted in an anomalous romance. The track merges the instinctive catchiness of the EP’s first song and the ravening intensity of its predecessor, a fusion casting another enthralling emotive tenebrosity upon the imagination.
Both tracks are superb, eclipsing the undoubted might and caliginous beauty of the nonetheless excellent pair bookending their presence, the EPs title track closing up the release with its own riveting turbulence of magnetic electro sounds and emotional agitation.
It is an outstanding end to another simply enthralling and greedily enjoyable outing with Dicepeople, Destroyer quite simply one irresistible incitement on ears and the drama of the heart.
The Destroyer EP is out now via Syndicol Music; available @ https://dicepeople.bandcamp.com/album/destroyer-ep
Pete RingMaster 28/01/2020
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